Tortilla Soup

September 12, 2012Katie


Oh my gosh ya’ll! You MUST try this Tortilla Soup!

If you’re looking for a tortilla soup recipe that doesn’t need cheese or sour cream to keep it healthy, this is the one.

Dead serious, it’s delicious.  I made this last night, we tasted, we sighed, and we decided this was a keeper recipe.  It makes a pretty big batch, but it freezes great.

Dish it up with some guacamole, chips and salsa, and you’ll have a fiesta like no other!

Get a big heavy soup pot and add in 2 tablespoons of oil. Turn the heat on medium-high.  Chop up a large poblano pepper and one good sized yellow onion and add them into your pot.

Side note. I highly recommend using gloves to chop the poblano peppers so you don’t touch them…and then touch your eyes, or lips, or nose.  It is an excruciating and painful experience I’d love for you to avoid.

Let these cook down until the onions get transluscent about five minutes or so.

While those are cooking, measure out some spices.

Measure out two tablespoons of chili powder, one teaspoon each of cumin and oregano and one-half teaspoon of salt.  If you’re adventurous in the ways of heat, add in some cayenne pepper. I like to use about a teaspoon but you could reduce it to your liking.

Once the onions and peppers are done, add in two tablespoons of tomato paste. It’ll add some wonderful rich depth to the flavor.

Trust your friend Katie, it’s wonderful to add tomato paste to things like this.

Now toss in those spices baby!

Take a spoon and stir this around and let the tomato paste melt and cook right into the onions and pepper and brown a little.

This will take about another minute or two. Add in 4 entire cloves of garlic that you’ve chopped up nice and fine as well.

Right about now, your kitchen is smelling like something divine.

Now get yourself a glass of dry white wine. Like a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc.

Not to drink silly.  What are you thinking! (but I won’t tell on you if you take a sip).  Measure out 1 1/2 cups and pour it into your pot.

Stir it around until it’s lovely and warm and crimson lusciousness.

Bring this to a simmer and let it cook down a bit to intensify the flavors again.

Remember our homemade chicken stock from last week?

We are going to add six and one half cups of it right in. We’re also adding in two cans of fire roasted tomatoes.  Have you had them?  They are tomatoes that have been slow roasted over a fire and they are a little sweet and smokey and wonderful. I happen to love the difference in flavor of them.

We need to add some chicken in so add in 4 small or three large chicken breasts.

Simmer this big pot of love for about 30 minutes. I love the part where you do this…you can go sit down and watch part of Army Wives or Parenthood or Duck Dynasty (if you’re the Wonderful guy).

Or you can go and catch a quick nap, but I don’t recommend that. You might burn up the house if you don’t wake up in time.

After thirty minutes, remove your chicken breasts to a bowl.  It’s moist and juicy and wonderful but it needs to be shredded.  Take two forks and turn them upside down and pullllll that chicken a part.  I like medium-sized shreds of chicken. Enough for a good bite.

Once you have it all shredded, Pour it back into the stock and let it simmer for 10 more minutes, or 20 or 30 if you have the time.

It infuses all that goodness into the moist chicken and makes it truly delicious.

We need to add a couple more things to the pot and then we’re done!  And that includes two cups of frozen corn.

And, add in one can of black beans.

I love black beans…they complete me.

This step might seem a little odd to you, but if you can find Masa Harina, just trust me and do it.   I put this in my chili also and it adds a depth of corn flavor that just makes you smile.   You can find Masa Harina in the Latino or Mexican section of your grocery store and it is finely ground corn flour. Add 2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup of water and mix it up and stir it right into the soup.

Now, you want to let the corn and beans bubble for another 5 minutes to heat through, and while that’s happening, slice up some corn tortillas into thin strips.

And now to assemble the soup.   Ladle some into a bowl, Sprinkle in some tortilla strips, layer on some avocado slices. sprinkle on some cilantro and serve it garnished with lime wedges to squeeze over top.  You could add sour cream and cheese if you like, but I love the pure unadultered flavor of this without the added fat.

It’s so delicious.


Tortilla Soup
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Cook time
Total time
Serves: 8-10
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 ½ c. dry white wine (or substitute chicken stock)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1.5 quarts reduced-sodium chicken broth (or 6 ½ cups)
  • 2 15 oz. cans of diced fired roasted tomatoes, including juice
  • 1 15 oz. can Black Beans,drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 T. Masa Harina
  • ½ c. water
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Tortillas cut into strips or tortilla chips
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • sour cream
  • shredded pepper jack cheese
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and poblano pepper..
  3. Saute, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, tomato paste and spices and saute 2 minutes more.
  5. Add the white wine and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the broth, chicken and tomatoes.
  7. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Pull out chicken breasts into large bowl and using two forks, pull the chicken into shreds.
  9. Return chicken to pot and simmer another 10 minutes.
  10. Add in black beans and corn.
  11. Mix Masa Harina with water well and pour into pot.
  12. Stir thoroughly with large spoon and cook through another 5 minutes.
  13. Ladle into bowls.
  14. Cut corn tortillas into thin strips and sprinkle some in each bowl. Top with avocado slices, cilantro and serve with the lime wedges.
  15. Sour cream and shredded cheese is optional!



  • Phyllis Jaco

    September 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Can't wait to try this recipe. I've never used the wine, but just happen to have some ! Wanted to ask you if you fried the tortilla or just dropped them in the way the come ?? Truly enjoy your posts !!
    1. DishinandDishes

      September 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Phyllis - I just put them in unfried. You could also use tortilla chips!
  • Laurie Reyes

    September 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Um Katie I think you left out a few steps in your printable version of this recipe! The recipe sounds really good though and I will be trying it soon!!!
    1. DishinandDishes

      September 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Laurie - Boy I really had to look - I did leave out to add the black beans and corn and the masa harina at the very end. I've added it now! Thanks for the heads up!
  • Laurie Reyes

    September 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    You are very welcome Katie! I think this recipe will be perfect for the nice cool weekend we will be having! I'll let you know how it turns out!!!
  • Sandi

    June 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Do you have nutritional information on your recipes?
    1. DishinandDishes

      June 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Sandi - no I don''s something I'm working on for the future!

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